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Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDH, EFDA

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MELISSA TURNER, BASDH, RDH, EFDA, has practiced clinically across the country and is a valued thought leader and dental advisor. She is executive moderator of the Dental Peeps Network and has vast experience providing direct services as a mobile clinician. She launched I Heart Mobile Dentistry, a Facebook support group for clinicians practicing mobile dentistry, and is co-founder of the first annual National Mobile Dentistry Conference on February 28-29, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Melissa can be reached at MelissaTurnerLLC [at] gmail.com.

A New Era of Temping for the Dental Hygienist

Flexible schedules. Independence. Zero benefits. What do all these have in common? The answer: temping! Whether you consider temping to be a regular part of your career—or whether you’ve sworn it off completely— you should know that in the last decade dental hygienists who’ve made the choice to temp have gone from being an uncommon occurrence to becoming a popular...

Dental Hygienists, Downtime, and Scrubbing Toilets

For many dental hygienists, downtime in your clinical schedule is a bittersweet concept—too much of it and you risk a cut in hours, too little of it and you balance precariously on the edge of exhaustion. Between patients canceling at the last minute, the inevitable “forgotten” dental appointment, and the natural ebb and flow of slow and busy seasons,...

5 Myths About Independent Dental Hygiene Practice

Independence. From the time a baby takes those first, wobbly, independent steps, to nations fighting wars over freedom and independence, the “i” word frequently invokes both positive and negative heightened emotional responses from us. Even so with dentistry! For instance, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase independent contractor or independent hygienist? Confusion? Pride? Happiness? Even anger? These...

5 MORE Non-Traditional Career Opportunities for Dental Hygienists

Are you burned out from working traditional, clinical dental hygiene day in and day out? Let’s be real, full-time clinical hygiene is hard on the body, mind, and soul! Even though dental hygienists love the satisfaction of a perfectly scaled tooth and enjoy interacting with patients, clinical practice takes a toll on our entire being. When was the last time...

5 Non-Traditional Career Opportunities for Dental Hygienists

Let’s face it, as dental hygienists we love what we do! But scaling teeth day in and day out, week after week, can get pretty old, pretty fast for some. Thankfully, the dental hygiene profession has reached a pivotal moment where there are now countless non-traditional career opportunities both in and out of the clinical setting. More than ever...

Dental Hygienists & The Future of the Virtual Dental World

Join us as we conclude our series, Social Media for the Dental Professional. In Part 1, we discussed social media dos and don’ts. In Part 2, we explored ways to use it to advance your career. Here, we conclude our dialogue as we consider the future of the virtual dental world and how it can impact your professional life. More...

Using Social Media to Advance Your Dental Hygiene Career

Join us as we embark on a series: Social Media for the Dental Professional. In Part 1 we discussed what not do on social media. Here, we explore ways you should use social media to advance your career, and in Part 3 we will consider the future of the virtual dental world and how it will impact you. With the...

Top 10 Essentials for Every Hygienist’s Toolkit

It takes years of trial and error for a dental hygienist to assemble the perfect arsenal of supplies, equipment, and techniques which allow him or her to provide the best care possible, in the best manner possible. Even the most seasoned hygienist will relentlessly search reviews, exhibit halls, and dental catalogs for that one thing that will undeniably transform...

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for the Dental Professional

Join us as we embark on a series, Social Media for the Dental Professional. In this series, we will discuss what not to do and say, how to create and maintain a professional online image, how to use social media to advance your career, and what the future of the digital dental world looks like. As a millennial hygienist,...

The Many Lives of the Mysterious Full Mouth Debridement

What is full mouth debridement and when exactly are we supposed to do it? Ask a variety of clinicians, and you will receive a variety of answers. Does it pertain only to scaling above the gingival margin, or can we go below? Is it an acceptable step prior to scaling and root planing or is it simply a “bloody...